The United States Women's National Soccer Team visited President Obama at the White House on Tuesday for a special ceremony to commemorate their 2015 World Cup Championship.
The ceremony began with a 13-year-old Massachusetts girl reading a letter she penned to the Obamas during the World Cup. Ayla Ludlow, while watching the World Cup, was told by her brother, "boys are so much better at soccer than girls.
"It makes me mad that people do not treat girls equally," she wrote. "Plus a lot of girls are better at sports than boys. So all I am saying is that I would like to do something about it. And I need your help."
Ayla proudly read her letter at the White House ceremony.
"I don't know where your brother is right now, but this is some payback here," Obama said at the ceremony.
While Obama spoke in great detail about the accomplishments of the team and the players on the field, his most powerful statement regarded their impact off the field.
"[This team] inspired millions of girls to dream bigger and inspired millions of boys to look at girls differently, which is just as important," Obama said. "This team taught all of America's children that 'playing like a girl' means you're a badass."
There was a huge applause in the room.
"Perhaps I shouldn't have used that phrase — 'playing like a girl' means you're the best," Obama added. "That's what American women do. That's what American girls do. That's why we celebrate this team. They've done it with class. They've done it with the right way. They've done it with excitement. They've done with style. We are very, very proud of them."
Obama also celebrated the team's "She Believes" initiative, which they hope will inspire kids to believe in themselves.
And no championship ceremony at the White House is complete without giving the President a “44” team jersey.
(H/T: Think Progress)